Online Courses

Practical Strategies for Founding an Off-Space

Lecturer: Ella Krivanek

Fee: 280 CHF
Maximum participants: 20

Course dates: new dates to be announced


This course is designed for participants with little to moderate experience working in off-spaces, but who have an interest in either starting their own, or simply arranging an exhibition at an off-space as a guest curator. We will discuss conception, preparing the space for an exhibition, funding, how to approach artists, promotion, installation, and what you can do after the conclusion of a show to make it known and successful. The course will have a primarily practice-based approach, and assist participants in developing materials for either a current project, or a project idea that can be applied to future opportunities as they arise. Using the development of a visual and thematic identity for the respective projects, the outcome of the two days will be the solidification of a promotional and conceptual foundation of each participants’ space. Moreover, participants will learn, share and discuss concrete guidelines – adaptable to each project – for the development and running of a space.

Ella Krivanek is the founder and curator of Berlin-based gallery Holden Garage. She has years of experience in off-spaces and in developing shows in non-institutional spaces. She was the founder of the independent gallery Space Space, which existed in Tokyo from 2014 to 2016. Subsequently, she went on to curate exhibitions in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct; the Brunswick Sculpture Centre in Melbourne; and Dynamo’s Project Room 13 in Zurich. Since receiving her Master of Advanced Studies (Curating) from Zurich University of the Arts in 2019 and relocating to Berlin, her practice focusses on the development of exhibitions, writing, and teaching.


Image caption: Exhibition view, ‘Head Over Heels’, with Katherine Botten, Aurelia Guo, Ceylan Öztrük, Stefanie Knobel, Spencer Lai, Carla Milentis. Space Space gallery presents a group show curated by Ella Krivanek at the OnCurating project space in Zurich, 2018.

Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.

This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.

Technical instructions
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.